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Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) Program and SAFPF Re-Entry Court

What is the SAFPF program?

SAFPFs are substance abuse treatment facilities specifically designed for persons under felony community supervision who have been assessed as having a substance abuse problem. The typical SAFPF participant usually has a history of repeated treatment failures at lower levels on the continuum of treatment or cannot be treated in less secure environments due to a history of absconding.


Special needs units address mental disorders as well as personality disorders, physical disabilities, medication and their interaction with substance abuse. Special needs clients will not participate in the re-entry court program.


Upon completion of the initial phase in a secure facility, participants either return home and participate in the 4C program if eligible, or to a residential transitional treatment center. During this second phase, the focus remains on continuing treatment and making a successful transition to the community through finding employment, peer support, family reintegration. Participants begin attending SAFPF re-entry court.


During the third phase, all participants are released to the community to complete outpatient treatment and to continue participation in the SAFPF re-entry court.



What is the SAFPF Re-entry Court?


The SAFPF re-entry court model is a   specialized drug court for SAFPF graduates during the aftercare portion of the SAFPF program.


Participants report a minimum of every  two weeks on a court docket to meet with the judge, community supervision officer and treatment provider. Successes are recognized through the use of incentives and rewards while violations are addressed consistently and quickly with court administered graduated sanctions.


The measure of success for the program will be the ability of the graduates to remain free of both substance abuse and criminal activity. Addiction to alcohol and drugs tends to be a chronic condition that is prone to relapse. While this program is not a magic potion that “cures” everyone, the SAFPF program has proven to be effective in resolving one of the primary causes of criminal behavior and personal destruction in the offender population.

Successful completion of this program will make a difference in the lives of offenders, their families and people who would have been their victims.


Who is eligible?


§ Must be screened for eligibility prior to admission

§ Assessed as needing restrictive and intensive substance abuse

      treatment services

§ Any felony, except sex offenses or violent offenses

§ Regular or deferred community supervision

§ No pending charges or detainer

§ Exhibit no signs of acute alcohol or drug withdrawal and has

     been detoxified

§ Must be physically and mentally capable of participation

§ Must be court ordered


        Special needs units


Current Axis 1 diagnosis


Must have a medical condition requiring additional services


Must have severe mobility impairment



The SAFPF Re-Entry Court Program

(18 to 24 months)


Therapeutic Community

 (6-9 months)


Therapeutic community program in a secure SAFPF


Transitional Component/Aftercare:

(3 months)


·   4-C  program

·   Home visit (conducted by SAFPF officer)

·   45 days of 3x week Substance Abuse Therapy

·   45 days 2x week Substance Abuse Therapy

·   Random drug testing

·   Twice per week AA meetings

·   Twice per month SAFPF Court appearances

·   Twice per month office visits

·   Monthly visits to job, home, or treatment center




Residential Transitional Treatment Center (TTC)



(9-12 months)


·  Weekly aftercare for 90 days to 6 months

·  Peer support

·  Random drug testing

·  Twice per week AA meetings

·  Twice per month SAFPF Court appearances

·  Twice per month office visits

·  Monthly visits to job, home or treatment





East Texas Treatment Unit


Henderson, Texas


Estelle Unit

(Special Needs/Male)

Huntsville, Texas


Hackberry SAFPF Unit

 (Special Needs/Female)

Gatesville, Texas


Halbert Unit


Burnet, Texas


Henley Unit

(Special Needs/Female)

Dayton, Texas


Jester I Unit

(Special Needs/Male)

Richmond, Texas 


Johnston Unit


Winnsboro, Texas



For more information on the TDCJ SAFPF Units

click on the link below:


TDCJ Unit Directory

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